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2021 CHAPTER LAWS
01/28/21 signed chap.1
Amends §37-0119, Environmental Conservation Law; amends §2, Chapter 370 of 2020 (as proposed in S.6829-B & A.8829-A). Relates to prohibiting certain uses of trichloroethylene; provides that no person shall use trichloroethylene as a vapor degreaser, an intermediate chemical to produce other chemicals, a refrigerant, or an extraction solvent or in any other manufacturing or industrial cleaning process or use.
01/28/21 signed chap.2
Amends §2-e, Education Law (as proposed in S.5140-B & A.6787-D, Chapter 349 of 2020); adds §106-b, State Technology Law. Directs the director of the office of information technology services to conduct a study on the use of biometric identifying technology; prohibits the use of biometric identifying technology in schools until July 1, 2022 or until the commissioner of education authorizes such purchase or utilization, whichever occurs later.
01/28/21 signed chap.3
Amends §§51, 53, 53-a, 54, 54-a & 55, Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (as proposed in S.4661 & A.6989, 2020 Chapter 367); amends §1134, Tax Law. Relates to certificate of authority numbers for alcohol vendors.
01/28/21 signed chap.4
Amends §§2353 & 2336, Insurance Law; add §397-c, Vehicle & Traffic Law; amends §2, Chapter 347 of 2020 (as proposed in S.7881 & A.9763-A). Relates to premium reductions of commercial risk insurance policies covering for-hire vehicles and a for-hire motor vehicle safety program.
01/28/21 signed chap.5
Amends §16, Agriculture & Markets Law; amends §3, Chapter 343 of 2020 (as proposed in S.8298-B & A.10729-A). Prohibits symbols of hate on state owned property.
01/28/21 signed chap.6
Amends §§5 & 6, Chapter 289 of 2020 (as proposed in S.5948 & A.7821). Specifies what property conveyed to Rockland Recovery Homes, Inc. should be used for, what happens to the reverter interest of the property and adds an expiration date.
01/28/21 signed chap.7
Amends §§1 & 2, Chapter 258 of 2020 (as proposed in S.7589-B & A.9779-A). Relates to the New York state volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention task force; relates to the number of appointments and time to make such appointments to the task force.
01/28/21 signed chap.8
Amends §1506, repealed §1506 ¶(e) sub¶ 3, §1506-d, adds §1506-d, Not-For-Profit Corporation Law (as proposed in S.7155 & A.9089, 2020 Chapter 359). Requires consent of the cemetery board in the department of state prior to the merger of cemetery corporation; sets requirements for merger of consolidation.
01/28/21 signed chap.9
Amends §25, Workers Compensatoin Law; amends §2, Chapter 253 of 2020 (as proposed in S.7210 & A.7579). Requires an injured worker or person entitled to a death benefit to be provided with the option to have the compensation payment made through direct deposit, and requires such person be given notice of such option and the means necessary to enroll.
01/28/21 signed chap.10
Amends §6605, Insurance Law (as proposed in S.4081 & A.7110, 2020 Chapter 366). Grants authority to assessment corporations to write specified kinds of standalone liability insurance.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.11
Repeals §17 sub (1), Social Services Law (as proposed in A.1436-C & S.222-C, 2020 Chapter 321). Provides that the office of children and family services shall, beginning December 31, 2021 and biannually thereafter, make information publicly available on its website regarding youth placed in foster care settings and the recruitment of foster parents; makes related provisions.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.12
Amends §17, Social Services Law (as proposed in S.8643-A & A.10566-A, 2020 Chapter 331). Requires the commissioner to collect information regarding the homeless population during a state disaster emergency in publicly funded shelters, residential programs for victims of domestic violence, and residential programs for runaway and homeless youth, and publish a report containing such information.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.13
Amends §§352 & 355-d, Education Law (as proposed in S.4549 & A.9804, 2020 Chapter 319). Establishes the state university of New York educational opportunity centers which provide an integrated system of education, vocational training and student support services targeted to higher education access and the development of a quality workforce which supports the economic development of New York's distressed communities.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.14
Amends §1, Chapter 324 of 2020 (as proposed in S.8721 & A.6070-A). Directs a study of the status of consumer awareness and financial education in New York state to instead require that the department of financial services website provide information to enhance consumer financial literacy and consumer awareness which shall include information on basic banking and personal financial management, how credit scores are determined and ways to establish good credit, options for investing and increasing savings, best practices for protecting personal information, and any other topics deemed appropriate by the superintendent.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.15
Amends §95, Social Services Law; amends §4, Chapter 342 of 2020 (as proposed in S.8247-A & A.10673). Relates to working with the USDA to receive approvals and develop online fresh food purchasing options throughout the state; adds a repeal date.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.16
Amends §409-a, Social Services Law; amends §2, Chapter 329 of 2020 (as proposed in S.8421-A & A.10513). Relates to certain data to be reported regarding child welfare preventive services; adds a repeal date.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.17
Amends §170-d (as proposed in S.7350 & A.10119, 2020 Chapter 339); amends §135, Economic Development Law. Provides that every state agency and public authority shall provide to the department of economic development a list of programs, including a description of each program, offered by such state agency or public authority to assist small businesses doing business within this state and the contract information for such programs.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.18
Amends §92-f, Public Service Law (as proposed in S.2861 & A.3327, 2020 Chapter 334). Relates to the expiration of minutes purchased with prepaid cellular telephone cards; provides that such notification shall be in at least fourteen-point sized print and should include the expiration date or the expiration policy.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.19
Amends §33-1301, Environmental Conservation Law (as proposed in S.6502-A & A.732-B, 2020 Chapter 378). Authorizes the department of environmental conservation to allow the use of glyphosate on state property: to maintain critical infrastructure; to manage roadside vegetation to ensure public safety; habitat management for the control of invasive species, noxious weeds, and pests of significant public health importance, and the protection of critical native plant species; and for research purposes to develop sustainable alternatives for agricultural and environmental usages, as well as research regarding the environmental motility of glyphosate.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.20
Amends §1510, Not-For-Profit Corporation Law (as proposed in S.4284-A & A.3429-A, Chapter 336). Relates to cemetery disclosure forms.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.21
Amends §581-a, Labor Law. Prohibits the inclusion of claims for unemployment insurance arising from the closure of an employer due to COVID-19 from being included in such employer's experience rating charges.
01/28/21 SIGNED CHAP.22
Amends §6-136, Election Law. Reduces the number of signatures for designating petitions; provides dates for the signing and filing of designating petitions in 2021.
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Repealed §240.37, amends §230.01, Penal Law; amends §§60.47, 160.10, 170.30, 170.80, 420.35, 720.15, 720.35, 160.55 & 160.50, Criminal Procedure Law; amends §447-a, Social Services Law; amends §3-118, NYC Administrative Code. Repeals provisions relating to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense; makes technical corrections relating thereto.
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Repealed §16, Agriculture & Markets Law (as proposed in S.8561-A & A.10607-A). Directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets, in coordination with the commissioner of economic development, to work with the state's land grant university system to produce a report to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations on improving the resiliency and self-reliance of the state's farm and food supply and the related supply chain logistics to address food shortages, food waste, and the inability to get New York farm goods to markets that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of creating permanent solutions beyond the state of emergency to reflect the changing wholesale, retail and consumer marketplace; makes related provisions.
Amends §§1 & 8, Chapter 598 of 1938 (as proposed in S.8531 & A.10313). Changes the form of the Briarcliff Manor fire department benevolent association from a corporation to an unincorporated association; makes related provisions.
Amends §591, Labor Law (as proposed in S.2231 & A.3033). Provides regulations promulgated for systematic and sustained efforts to find work for unemployment benefits.
Amends §207-a, General Municipal Law (as proposed in S.6144-A & A.7646-A). Relates to ensuring paid employees of a county airport or county aviation department which perform fire response or fire rescue duties are eligible for equal benefits as other paid firefighters.
Amends §§1, 2 & 3, Chap of 2020 (as proposed in S.1079 & A.6393). Requires the office of temporary and disability assistance to produce a report regarding the summer youth employment program.
Amends §§71-2702, 71-2712, 71-2713, 71-2714 & 27-3101, Article 27 Title 31 Head, Environmental Conservation Law (as proposed in S.6758-B & A.10803-A). Relates to the unlawful disposing of construction and demolition debris.
Amends §§27-c & 27-a, Labor Law; amends §2801-a, Education Law; amends §4, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8617-B & A.10832). Requires public employers to adopt a plan for operations in the event of a declared state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease and establishes certain protocols necessary for responding to a declared state disaster emergency involving a communicable disease in an educational setting.
Amends §4369, Public Health Law; amends §2, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.6705 & A.5370-A). Relates to accessibility to bone marrow registry information and the effectiveness thereof.
Amends §146, Correction Law; amends §3, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8046 & A.10194). Relates to the correctional association's ability to access, visit, inspect, and examine all state correctional facilities.
Repealed §7.48, Mental Hygiene Law (as proposed in S.8608-A & A.10629-A). Directs the commissioner of mental health to create a workgroup and report regarding frontline worker trauma informed care.
Amends §§1055 & 1091, Family Court Act; amends §3, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8834 & A. 10581-B). Relates to placement of former foster care youth during a certain state of emergency.
Amends §1269-b, Public Authorities Law (as proposed in S.6430 and A.8127). Relates to the availability of criteria used in formulating capital program plans of the metropolitan transportation authority.
Amends §33.13, Mental Hygiene Law; amends §2782, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.6437-A & A.8337-B). Allows for medical and psychiatric records of deceased inmates to be accessed by the board of correction of the city of New York under certain circumstances.
Amends Article 5 Title 9, §5-308, Election Law (as proposed in S.8806 & A.8280-C). Relates to the automatic voter registration process; amends certain voter registration processes and the agencies to be included as designated agencies.
Permits county committees to amend their rules to permit committee members whose terms are expiring in 2021 to remain in their office for an additional one-year term.
Amends §1, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8136 & A.10206). Relates to making an application for exemption from real property taxes from the Chabad Lubavitch Chai Center, Inc. contingent upon the approval of the town board of Huntington.
Amends §1, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.6869-A & A.10221). Relates to making an application for exemption from real property taxes from the Joshua Baptist Church contingent upon the approval of the town board of Huntington.
Amends §365, Executive Law (as proposed in S.8791 & A.10782). Relates to New York state veterans' cemeteries; provides further instruction on the selections process and costs associated with the establishment of such cemetery.
Amends §220, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.7304 & A.9530). Relates to the amount of members on the public health and health planning council.
Repealed Article 19, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.6226 & A.8146); amends §492, General Business Law. Creates a Crohn's and colitis identification card.
Amends §§43, 45-a & 45-b, Private Housing Finance Law (as proposed in S.7757-A & A.4129-A). Provides for the appointment of the members of the New York state housing finance agency, the housing trust fund corporation and the affordable housing corporation.
Amends §206, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.8315-A & A.10463-A). Provides for the review of policies and practices relating to COVID-19 outbreaks in correctional facilities, including the treatment and prevention of the disease among inmates and staff.
Repealed §2500-l, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.6662 & A.6987-A). Requires the department of health of the state of New York to conduct a study of the effects of racial and ethnic disparities on infant mortality and prepare and submit a report to the governor and the legislature.
Amends §382, Executive Law (as proposed in S.1714 & A.3343). Provides that in addition to any other applicable remedy or penalty, where a building has been altered in violation of any provision of the uniform code or any lawful order obtained thereunder, and such alteration impedes a person's egress from such building during a fire or other emergency evacuation, the owner of such building, and any builder, architect, contractor, subcontractor or construction superintendent, or agent thereof who has knowledge of such alteration, or an owner who reasonably should have had knowledge of such alteration based on either an inspection or repair of a leased premises with consent from the tenant, shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to seven thousand five hundred dollars.
Amends §280-d, Real Property Law (as proposed in S.4408 & A.5627). Relates to filings concerning reverse mortgage loans.
Amends §1, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.1476-B & A.3275-B). Provides that the department of financial services shall use the information made available to them for the study of which financial institutions provide loans to landlords acquiring or refinancing property that includes rent-regulated and/or small business tenants.
Amends §§802, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807 & 812, Financial Services Law; amends §2, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.5470-B & A.10118-A). Exempts certain commercial financing transactions from certain disclosure requirements.
Amends §§2180, 2181 & 2182, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.8450-C & A.10500-C). Relates to the confidentiality of contact tracing information.
Repealed Article 27 Title 30, amends §27-2201, adds §27-2218, Environmental Conservation Law; amends §2, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.4176-A & A.4398-A). Relates to supermarkets providing excess edible food to food relief organizations.
Repealed §2500-l, Public Health Law (as proposed in S.6707 & A.6986-A). Requires the department of health of the state of New York to conduct a review of the effects of racial and ethnic disparities on breastfeeding rates and prepare and submit a report to the governor and the legislature.
Amends §44, Labor Law; amends §2, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8828 & A.5965-A). Establishes a registry of workplace fatalities in the construction industry to record information pertaining to all incidents under which an employee performing construction work suffers a work-related fatal injury.
Repealed §2509-b, §2803-j sub 1-f, amends §§2803-j, 2803-n, 266 & 2803-w, Public Health Law; amends §4, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8525 & A.2770-C). Provides for pre-term labor care and directing the commissioner of health to require hospitals to provide pre-term labor patients with information regarding the potential health effects of pre-term labor and pre-term delivery on an expectant mother and on her fetus.
Amends §§2 & 3, Chapter of 2020 (as proposed in S.8663-A & A.8767-A). Establishes the Adirondack road salt reduction task force and pilot program.
Amends §21-324, NYC Administrative Code (as proposed in S.7215-A & A.7820-A). Requires a process for notification of new homeless shelters and conducting a public information session in the community where the proposed shelter is to be located.